Ginger Rapsus writes:
I am seeking information on engraved Morgan dollars, especially the 1921-D. I managed to track down most of the engraved pieces. I note that one was offered at an auction in June and did not sell. I also recall seeing an 1878-S, Specimen, engraved in the field. It could have been an Eliasberg coin. Thanks.
In 1921 then director of the Denver mint embarked on a plan to engrave the first 100 Morgan Dollars to be minted by his facility. It became readily apparent that there simply was not enough time to complete the task, engraving dollars being much more arduous than expected. The project was stopped after only 12 coins were completed. This coin is number 4 of the twelve
The June auction Ginger mentions was by Bowers and Merena. Lot 3322 was an engraved 1921-D Morgan silver dollar similar to the one pictured above, but numbered #12. The lot description references a pamphlet which I've never seen, an interesting acquisition for a bibliophile.
Naturally, the entire story of the first 100 1921-D dollars is covered in Dave Bowers' Silver Dollar Encyclopedia (pages 2686-2688), although the pamphlet is not mentioned. Can anyone supply an image of it?
This lot includes a large bound pamphlet entitled 12TH DOLLAR RELEASED FROM 1ST 100 EVER COINED AT DENVER MINT. THOMAS ANNEAR SUPT. . The front cover of the pamphlet also states:
Contained between these covers are copies of the auction catalogue descriptions, antiquarian documents and published articles over the year concerning this unusual rare coin and its eleven sister coins and of the historical event that caused their existence.
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